TV Ratings Thursday: 'Person of Interest' & 'Scandal' Up; 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Last Resort' Hit Lows

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October 26th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 2.9/8 2.1/6 1.6/ 4 1.6/5 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 2.5/8 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.5/5 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.763 10.227 7.066 4.138 4.008 2.306


Note: The Thursday Night NFL Network Buccaneers/Vikings game was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis. As a result the numbers for NBC are likely inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory was even with last week's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.7, down three tenths from last week's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest garnered a 3.0, up two tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary scored a 2.2, down a tenth from last week's 2.3 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.3, its lowest ratings to date, down four tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy notched a 2.9, a new season low & down half a ratings point from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal scored a 2.0, up a tenth from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, game 2 of the World Series earned a preliminary 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, but this is likely to be adjusted in the finals.

NBC was likely inflated due to the NFL Pre-emption, so no analysis yet. 

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3. Beauty And The Beast was flat with last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.8 15 15.420
FOX World Series 2.9  8 10.227
ABC Last Resort 1.3 4 6.400
NBC 30 Rock 1.3 4 3.613
CW The Vampire Diaries  1.2  4  2.737
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.7 11  12.898
NBC Up All Night 1.6 5  3.931
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.0 8  13.967
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9 8  8.485
NBC The Office 2.1 6  4.679
CW Beauty and the Beast  0.7  2  1.875
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9 5  4.679
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.2 6  10.161
ABC Scandal 2.0 6  6.313
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 1.3 4  4.270


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.2/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.


* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/6). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • eridapo

    Congrats to Petar Ivanov for POI’s win against Greys.

  • richard

    cool for POI. maybe i’ll finally check this show out. the super bowl slot will come down to POI or 2BG. I say they’ll pick a combo of 2BG and TBBT over POI, in all likely hood, and i dont like BBT or 2BG im just saying. but i say if not that combo, than probably POI

  • silvit


    This is not the new normal for 10 pm shows on tv. This is the right result for 10 pm BROADCAST shows people are not interested in. When an old and tired show like CSI does better than this, you know that the problem is not the slot but the mediocre quality of the shows BROADCAST networks put on that hour. Ask SOA or the various realities on cable. ;-)

  • Michael

    Wait, TVD at 1.2 or 1.3?

  • zerg

    Grey’s already at 2.9 on the fall? Next season will be the last for sure..OUAT top rated drama of the week(excluding TWD)….Last resort dead inc….Not that bad for scandal

    POI did GREAT

    The WC is back Yay!


    Since NBC is in the Red Zone, will reserve comment until the finals, but if those are INFLATED numbers, that’s just pitiful

    Sorry to see LR at season low, pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point, GA under 3.0 so soon in the season but Scandal up to 2.0(?)

    CBS keeps rolling down the river as all hours crush the competition

    Munching on my old-world bagel GA toast even as we speak (sorry Rob, had to)

    Will VD beat NBC 8-9:00–stay tooned…

  • Honey Badger

    @ Remote Patrolled I think ABC will cancel both Scandal and Nashville, as I am predicting their ratings to go down as the season continues

    Remote Patrolled
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM
    Despite what Max says I don’t think Scandal and Revenge are in competition anymore – the latter has definitely won that battle!

    I’d say the face off for survival is between Nashville and Scandal – both hovering around 2.0 / around the same number of viewers. Key difference is that Scandal get a bigger lead in…

    ABC may renew both, neither or just one.

    I sense Nashville has the slight upper hand. Itunes sales and critical acclaim may give it the edge…

  • Mark Wilkins

    TBBT is still doing great as always and POI finally won its timeslot this fall, so good news there.

  • CrimTV

    Oh wait, TVD didn’t get a 1.3, damn :(

  • The Old Woman

    So it seems like baseball has had an effect on Arrow, Last Resort and Grimm ratings so far.

  • ABC

    Given how crappy the ratings for ABC’s 10:00 pm shows are why did they cancel GCB’s? Didn’t it get 1.9 to 2 which is what Scandal does despite the better lead in.

    666 ratings are even worse and will be canceled soon and Nashville has already dropped to 2.0 after its second week.

  • Dillan

    Hoping TVD gets adjusted up.

  • SPM

    Lol floppity & the beast lost nearly 200,000 viewers since last week.


  • Just Desserts

    Hope Grey’s adjusts up and Interest down. :)

  • Holly

    It looks like Last Resort’s bump last week was not sign of a turn around, ouch. Scandal, on the other hand, is managing to maintain its numbers despite a slightly decreased lead-in.

    The little bump for PoI (to beat Grey’s at least in the preliminary numbers) didn’t give a bump to Elementary, but I don’t think anyone at CBS is complaining about a 2.2 at 10pm right now.

    Barring a downward adjustment, Diaries kept it’s crown as highest rated show on the CW this week. And Beauty tied Supernatural for 3rd(?) So I imagine The CW is content with the night.

  • Remote Patrolled

    @Honey Badger

    I don’t think it’s looking great for Nashville – but the show has 4 songs in the Itunes Top 40 as of today.

    It reminds me a little of when Glee first started and was essentially kept alive by its music sales.

    It’s not a huge source of additional income and if Nashville goes below a 1.8 it’s pretty much gone – but I do think it will be a factor in a renewal decision.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Has POI been confirmed for the post Super Bowl slot? It is the obvious choice, but I thought it was just speculation at this point?

  • Billy

    Bye, bye Last Resort we hardly knew yee.

  • A.C.

    I don’t understand all the LAST RESORT hate posts on the first page.
    Why all the celebrating. Must be fans of cookie cutter CBS procedurals that can’t handle any program that doesn’t paint by the numbers.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Bill Gorman @ THE OLD MAN , If you are right and NBC ratings go down in finals, Ouch what low ratings, Does NBC cancel all of Thursday night shows?

    Bill Gorman
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM
    “Glad to see Parks and Rec being relatively stable at those numbers.”

    When celebrating prelim NBC results, be aware that due to Mineapolis NFL pre-emption, your final ratings mileage may vary.

    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM
    Since NBC is in the Red Zone, will reserve comment until the finals, but if those are INFLATED numbers, that’s just pitiful

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